Monthly Archives: March 2019

Stanley O. Foster Lecture: Pathways in Global Health, 4/2

Category : GLEPI , News/Events

The Stanley O. Foster Lecture: Pathways in Global Health lecture presented by Dr. David Heymann with a reception to follow. Please RSVP to omer [dot] admin [at] emory [dot] edu.

One Health Presentation, 4/3

Category : News/Events

Join Emory Students for One Health on April 3, to hear about One Health projects and practicum opportunities at the CDC.

How to Network

Networking can be difficult, especially if you are introverted or intimidated by the role of someone with whom you’d like to connect professionally. Here are some things I have learned during my time at Rollins:

1 Approach every networking event as an opportunity to have a conversation. I remember Rodger mentioning this at a workshop I attended. There are many areas in public health and having this flexible mindset helps you to learn about areas you weren’t as familiar about while also helping you to be more relaxed when you talk to a giant in your field.

2 Start networking early (before you are looking for a practicum or full-time job). You never know what opportunities will be available and sometimes you’re just in the right place at the right time. Even if someone isn’t in your topic area, their network could inform them of a great opportunity you’d be interested in.

3 Take advantage of the events Rollins holds for mock interviews etc. I have come out of these events with 1-2 people to follow-up with and it always helps to have feedback on interviewing skills.

4 Never dismiss anyone as unimportant. Public health is a small collaborative field. The person overhearing your conversation in the elevator might just be your supervisor one day.

Other steps you can take to network:

Join the LinkedIn Rollins Alumni Group: Emory University — Rollins School of Public Health Alumni Association

Attend CDA workshops: CDA LinkedIn Workshop (4/10, 12 pm – 1 pm)

Emergency Preparedness & Outbreak Response Networking Night, 4/4

Join SORT, HERT and EPSNA for Emergency Preparedness and Outbreak Response Networking Night April 4th. Please RSVP in handshake if you plan to attend.

Chair’s Chat – Tuesday, Noon, CNR Auditorium

Category : News/Events

Chair’s Chat – Tuesday, Noon, CNR Auditorium

Join Department Chair Dr. Tim Lash and Director of Graduate Studies Dr. Lauren Christiansen-Lindquist to discuss curriculum updates and the state of our department. RSVP here!

Sr. Healthcare Data Analyst, Partners Healthcare

Category : Alumni

As a not-for-profit organization, Partners HealthCare is committed to supporting patient care, research, teaching, and service to the community by leading innovation across our system. Founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, Partners HealthCare supports a complete continuum of care including community and specialty hospitals, a managed care organization, a physician network, community health centers, home care and other health-related entities. Several of our hospitals are teaching affiliates of Harvard Medical School, and our system is a national leader in biomedical research.

We’re focused on a people-first culture for our system’s patients and our professional family. That’s why we provide our employees with more ways to achieve their potential. Partners HealthCare is committed to aligning our employees’ personal aspirations with projects that match their capabilities and creating a culture that empowers our managers to become trusted mentors. We support each member of our team to own their personal development—and we recognize success at every step.

Our employees use the Partners HealthCare values to govern decisions, actions and behaviors. These values guide how we get our work done: Patients, Affordability, Accountability & Service Commitment, Decisiveness, Innovation & Thoughtful Risk; and how we treat each other: Diversity & Inclusion, Integrity & Respect, Learning, Continuous Improvement & Personal Growth, Teamwork & Collaboration

The Program Analytics team, within the Data and Analytics Organization (DAO) conducts analyses used to provide actionable information on Population Health Management (PHM) initiatives to the Partners network and to senior leadership. The team has access to an extraordinary range of healthcare data including medical and pharmacy claims, enrollment, EMR, scheduling, referral and laboratory results. Using this data, the team supports reporting and analyses in areas such as ambulatory quality measurement, trend management, utilization, high risk patient management and outcomes. PHM is an innovative model of care delivery that aims to improve the health of patients while lowering the overall costs of care. PHM includes best practices and tactics to enhance the patient experience, improve outcomes, and provide better organized and more personalized care to our patients.

The DAO is seeking a Senior Healthcare Data Analyst to support analytics related to the clinical and financial performance of PHM programs as well as other network activities. This role requires working with multiple sources of healthcare data (ex: claims, financial, and clinical data) to meet both reporting requirements and support new initiatives. The Senior Analyst will be expected to develop an understanding of Partners data structures as well as the ability to translate specifications into SAS programming logic. The analyst will be expected to work on new and existing projects, function independently within a fast-paced environment, work on several different projects/tasks concurrently and serve as a data advisor to business owners as new projects or ad hoc reports are collaboratively being developed. Effectively communicating issues and results is critical to being successful in this position.

The Senior Healthcare Analyst will report to the Manager of Program Analytics of the DAO Enterprise Analytics Group.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities
• Assisting with ongoing efforts to track, evaluate, and report on the impact of programs using multiple data sources that include claims and non-claims (clinical) based data.
• Providing in-depth analyses and insight related to drivers of TME trend as it relates to the PHM Programs
• Developing metrics that measure programmatic success.
• Producing timely and accurate monthly and quarterly reporting to key stakeholders within Partners.
• Improving visualization of reports using existing tools.
• Retrieving, organizing, and manipulating data from the Enterprise Data Warehouse and other databases. This will require advanced programming to prepare data for reporting and analysis.
• Presenting analytical findings in a variety of formats (reports, PowerPoint, graphs, figures, tables) formulating recommendations, and effectively presenting results to non-analytic audiences.
• Working with a variety of tools (ex: SAS, SQL, Excel, Tableau, etc) to access data, write queries, developing programming logic, running reports, manipulate, and analyzing large datasets to meet the needs of the Partners stakeholders.
• Working collaboratively with PHM medical directors, program managers, and project specialists in designated content area.


• BS/BA or equivalent required and advanced education/training in data programming and/or statistics preferred
• Minimum of 4 years of experience in detailed analytics and reporting, preferably in healthcare.
• Masters Degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, or Biostatistics preferred

Skills Required
• Experience with healthcare claims data and payment policies required
• Experience with clinical data (e.g., Epic) strongly preferred
• Proficiency with programming languages and statistical software (SQL and SAS) is required
• Must be an experienced programmer able to write complex codes and generate queries/reports with limited guidance
• Advanced user of Microsoft Excel, Access, Word, and PowerPoint is required
• Experience with data analysis and reporting, and working knowledge of data visualization software is preferred
• Strong understanding of data structure/integration and relational database design
• A basic understanding of quality measurement and quality improvement methods is favorable
• Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and collaborate with team members and others throughout the organization.
• Ability to work with multiple stakeholders with competing priorities.
• Self-motivated, resourceful, and able to take initiative.
• Confident working independently.
• Able to quickly adapt and learn in an ever-changing technical, contractual, and regulatory environment

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

Student Spotlight: Pragati Prasad

Category : #WeAreEmoryEPI

Pragati Prasad, 2nd Year EPI MPH Student

I have been a Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. Samuel Jenness at the Rollins School of Public Health for the past year and a half. Working on the ART-Net study, I was in charge of the entire data management pipeline: managing emails from survey participants, merging survey data, missing data imputation, and creating derived variables.

At EmoryEPI, I’ve learned: There is always more than one way to do something. Because of this, it is vital to understand *why* we chose the approach we end up going with, as it informs how the data can be interpreted for every analysis afterwards.

My favorite part of my EmoryEPI experience: Being responsible for data that is currently used for various projects – and will continue to be – made me aware of how important it was to always provide high quality work.

A good and resourceful supervisor can show you how to manage yourself.


Recent Publication: Jenness SM, Weiss KM, Prasad P, Zlotorzynska M, Sanchez T. Bacterial STI screening rates by symptomatic status among men who have sex with men in the United States: A hierarchical Bayesian analysis. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. July 24, 2018.

Open Data Kit (ODK) 3 part training series, 3/27, 4/3 & 4/10

Category : News/Events

Rollins mHealth Collaboration is hosting a three-part ODK training series where you can learn to use ODK to collect, manage and use your data. The sessions are on Wednesday from 12-12:50pm in CNR 1055. Light snacks are provided.

Scientist, Biospecimen Management

Category : Alumni

At the American Cancer Society, saving lives is our mission. We achieve our mission by drawing on our humanity. Humanity made up of courage, determination, innovation, passion, empathy, and caring. These are the values that give us the advantage over cancer.

Our work is important. And so are the people doing it. The people who work at the American Cancer Society focus their diverse talents on our singular mission: to end the pain and suffering of cancer. It is a calling. And the people who answer it are fulfilled. We value our employees and nearly 2 million volunteers around the globe that have stood with us through the years, and we will not rest until the fight is won. And that day is drawing nearer.

**Final title of position is subject to candidate’s qualifications**

Obtains, manipulates, organizes, and manages biospecimen-related data from the American Cancer Society’s two large prospective cohort studies, Cancer Prevention Study-II (CPS-II) and Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) within the Behavioral and Epidemiology Research Group (BERG). Serves as statistical analyst for biospecimen-based projects led by BERG doctoral staff and their external collaborators.


Manage data associated with the ongoing tissue acquisition in CPS-II and CPS-3 by (1) manipulating data from an Access database; (2) merging CPS-II and CPS-3 data from a variety of sources; and (3) importing data into a biospecimen tracking system to ensure tissue specimens are efficiently tracked according to standard operating procedures.

Maintain the CPS-II and CPS-3 biospecimen databases containing laboratory results (including genetic, tissue, biomarker, and metabolomics results) using various computer resources and statistical software. Document programs to facilitate record-keeping. This database provides the BERG with a resource for identifying and linking participants included in projects utilizing biospecimens.

Conduct statistical programming and data analysis for studies using the CPS-II and CPS-3 biospecimen resources. Communicating these results are the mission of the BERG- with the goal to increase the understanding of cancer causes as well as to reduce the cancer burden.

Position Requirements:

Master’s Degree in Epidemiology (MPH) or related field

Demonstrates Intramural Research competencies:

• Action-oriented
• Communicates effectively
• Drives results
• Manages complexity
• Builds networks
• Cultivates innovation.
• Optimizes work processes
• Manages ambiguity

Other Skills:

• Strong problem-solving skills and ability to produce high quality work independently.

• Highly motivated with strong attention to detail and organization skills.

• Proficient in SAS and familiarity with R. Ability to learn additional programming languages as needed.

• Strong quantitative skills.

• Adept at obtaining, manipulating and processing electronic data.

• Skilled at utilizing an Access database.

• Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and oral/written communication skills. Ability to communicate in a cross-functional environment- in particular, experience in communication with research study participants and medical facilities.

• Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and efficiently.

• Experience with a LIMS (laboratory information management system) preferred.

• Experience in electronic data management

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

RACPAC Lunch & Learn, 3/26

Category : News/Events


Join the Rollins Association for Cancer Prevention and Control (RACPAC) for a lunch & learn with Dr. Stacey Fedewa on 3/26 at 12 pm.